This week I would like to share with you a hardy, perennial vine that I learned about earlier last year and at some point (hopefully sooner rather than later) would like to add to my living collection of useful and beautiful plants. Although drab by most gardener’s standards, this vigorous and fast growing plant definitely deserves some space, especially if you are interested in unusual yet perfectly practical plants that, really, just haven’t quite caught on yet. Diversity is strength, and never is that more true than in your garden or on your plate. Your 6th Plant of the Week is Dioscorea polystchya.
Welcome to the second edition of Plant of the Week! Since I wrote to you last week (which in case you missed it you can check out right here) I have accumulated quite a substantial list of exceptional plants that I feel deserve their own time in the limelight, so there certainly won’t be a lack of subject matter in the weeks and months to come! This time I’d like to draw your attention to the goumi, or cherry silverberry, Elaeagnus multiflora, a species that I have had my eye on for quite some time. (more…)
Happy Monday everyone! Just like I promised last week in the introductory post for this series, I am very pleased to begin creating ‘Plant of the Week’ posts where I will introduce you to some of my favorite, often less well-known edible, medicinal and otherwise all-around useful plants. Many of these species or genera that I come across I do unintentionally, often in the process of looking up other similar or related plants and they will tend to focus on species that can be found, if not imported and grown, in north-temperate regions, particularly southern Canada including my home of southern Ontario. (more…)
From time to time during my frequent research binges I will stumble upon a plant that really sticks out from all the others, at which point I then compulsively attempt to learn as much about it as I can. After safely and securely storing that information away, deep within the recesses of my mind palace, I’ll hopefully be able to recall it at a certain point in the future when it is perhaps more relevant for me to think about. Trust me, this happens way more often then you think it does. (more…)
The king stropharia (Stropharia rugosoannulata), a fungus known by many names including garden giant and wine cap mushroom, has been a long fascination of mine ever since I began exploring the world of wild and edible mushrooms, and my existing attempt at cultivating it just took a pretty wild turn. (more…)